Saints and Adrian Peterson are close to deal

The NFL Network reported that the sides are close to an agreement and that Peterson would receive more than $3 million to play next season.

His visit with the Saints was two weeks ago. General manager Rick Spielman said then the door was still open for Peterson to return but then announced Peterson wouldn't be back after the Vikings signed running back Latavius Murray as a free agent March 16. LeGarrette Blount scored 18 TDs for the Patriots last season, but he remained overrated in power sets and averaged only 3.9 yards per carry. And he has 96 receptions over the past two seasons, which is important in this offense and valuable to quarterback Drew Brees. Peterson, 32, will likely split carries with Saints lead running back Mark Ingram, and is hoping to contend for a Super Bowl title in the final years of his career. They're increasingly rare in the National Football League under this CBA because all draft picks now sign four-year deals with slotted salaries. And how do you feel about New Orleans being the Minnesota Vikings first regular season opponent during the 2017 season? But we're not expecting many good moments for Peterson in 2017 if he does end up in New Orleans.

It is highly unlikely that cornerback Malcolm Butler will be traded from the New England Patriots this offseason, sources confirmed to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

If Peterson were to sign with the Saints, he would get an immediate chance to play against his former team.

Mixon, the former Oklahoma running back who was involved in a highly publicized domestic violence case, is not on the team's draft board, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported.

In 2014, the running back played just one game after pleading no contest to beating his 4-year-old son with a switch (small tree branch). Ingram had his first 1,000-yard season on the ground and racked up a career-high 10 touchdowns for the Saints.

  • Joe Gonzales